We’re helping the public protect their eyes this summer with a new advice video on the damage caused by UV (ultra violet) light and what steps to take to prevent it.
Ceri Smith-Jaynes, optometrist and AOP spokesperson, explains that the impact of UV light can be wide reaching, from changing the appearance of the eye to causing serious diseases and conditions.
Highlighting that the easiest way to protect eyes from UV light is to wear a good quality pair of sunglasses, Ms Smith-Jaynes said: “When choosing sunglasses, always go for a pair with the CE mark. This indicates that they have full UV protection. Glasses that sit closer to the eye and wrap-around, blocking out more light, are usually better but also wear a hat to reduce light coming over the top.”
We’ve issued three steps for protecting eyes against sun damage:
- Wear CE marked sunglasses, even if you are using contact lenses with a UV filter
- Add extra protection with a wide brimmed sun hat
- Never look at the sun directly – even if it’s just for a few seconds
The video, Association of Optometrist 60 second advice: sunglasses, is the first in a series of short advice videos designed for patients.
More guidance on caring for your eyes and specific advice for contact lens wearers can be found in our press release.